The Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries provide compact, critical commentaries on the books of the Old Testament for the use of theological students and pastors. The commentaries are also useful for upper-level college or university students and for those responsible for teaching in congregational settings. In addition to providing basic information and insights into the Old Testament writings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful interpretation, to assist students of the Old Testament in coming to an informed and critical engagement with the biblical texts themselves.
The book of Proverbs invites us into an ancient and ongoing conversation about what is good and wise and true in life. Yoder explores the book through literary, exegetical, and theological-ethical analysis, paying particular attention to how Proverbs shapes the moral imagination of its readers. She highlights the poetics of each proverb, considers similarities and differences between the book’s sections, and ponders how the content, pedagogies, and arrangement of Proverbs contribute to its aim to form “fearers of the Lord.”
"This book is a most happy convergence. It brings together work on Proverbs and wisdom literature, a scene of current generative interpretive attention and Christine Yoder, the best reader of texts among rising scholars. The result is an interpretation of the Book of Proverbs that is a fresh, imaginative, accessible read of 'ordinary time.' The wisdom teaching of Proverbs is a great gift to 'progressive thinkers' who want to move beyond primitive supernaturalism and yet attend to the starchy givenness of the world governed by God. Yoder sees clearly how that interpretation mattered in the ancient world in order to maintain a viable social life. She knows as well how it may matter to contemporary readers to whom she offers the wondrous gift of this book."
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Drawing on her extensive work on Proverbs, Christine Yoder has given us a well written, imaginative, and pastorally sensitive commentary on this difficult but rewarding book. Especially valuable is her careful discussion of the personifications of the wise and deceitful women, and her reconstruction of the sociological background of the book. An excellent addition to a distinguished series."
--Richard Clifford, SJ, Professor of Old Testament, Dean, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry